Lightening-fast Boult strikes on Indian openers

Trent Boult's first spell read 5-1-7-2. First, he had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind and then knocked over Rohit Sharma with a late in-dipper.    AFP
Trent Boult’s first spell read 5-1-7-2. First, he had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind and then knocked over Rohit Sharma with a late in-dipper. AFP

Mahi goes the wrong way

MS Dhoni came at No. 6. However, he yet again could not make a significant impact when his team needed him the most.    AFP
MS Dhoni came at No. 6. However, he yet again could not make a significant impact when his team needed him the most. AFP

Another day, another special show from Virat Kohli

 Virat Kohli surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI centuries. Kohli scored his 31st hundred in the format. With this milestone and that too in his 200th ODI, Kohli is now only behind his idol Sachin Tendulkar (49) in the list of most ODI centuries.    AFP
Virat Kohli surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI centuries. Kohli scored his 31st hundred in the format. With this milestone and that too in his 200th ODI, Kohli is now only behind his idol Sachin Tendulkar (49) in the list of most ODI centuries. AFP

India remove 3 wickets for 80 runs

India started off well. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill added 60 runs between them. However, with the track slowing down, New Zealand's chances of chasing down 282 looked bleak.    AFP
India started off well. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill added 60 runs between them. However, with the track slowing down, New Zealand’s chances of chasing down 282 looked bleak. AFP

Kuldeep catches Williamson in a web

Kuleep Yadav tossed one up to lure Kane Williamson to play an uppish drive. The ploy worked, and Kedar Jadhav at extra-cover took an easy catch.    AFP
Kuleep Yadav tossed one up to lure Kane Williamson to play an uppish drive. The ploy worked, and Kedar Jadhav at extra-cover took an easy catch. AFP

But then…

The blend of Taylor   s experience and Latham   s calmness produced a frightening force against India. Without giving them a scare, the duo unknowingly piled on runs.    AFP
The blend of Taylor s experience and Latham s calmness produced a frightening force against India. Without giving them a scare, the duo unknowingly piled on runs. AFP

An innings of substance

 There was no rushing through gears. There was no unnecessary aggression. It was a display of pure, traditional cricket. An amalgamation of singles and risk-free boundaries sucked away India   s motivation to take a 1-0 lead.    AFP
There was no rushing through gears. There was no unnecessary aggression. It was a display of pure, traditional cricket. An amalgamation of singles and risk-free boundaries sucked away India s motivation to take a 1-0 lead. AFP

The 200

New Zealand   s home work of tackling Indian spinners was quite evident from their approach. Unlike Australians, they showed respect before finding their feet. Not once did they fancy down the track to sprinkle domination on spinners. In the process and deservedly, Latham reached his fourth ODI century, proving New Zealand   s new ploy right. Taylor, on the other hand, fell for 95 when New Zealand needed a mere run.    AFP
New Zealand s home work of tackling Indian spinners was quite evident from their approach. Unlike Australians, they showed respect before finding their feet. Not once did they fancy down the track to sprinkle domination on spinners. In the process and deservedly, Latham reached his fourth ODI century, proving New Zealand s new ploy right. Taylor, on the other hand, fell for 95 when New Zealand needed a mere run. AFP